22 October 2008

FGS to be Honored at FSGS Conference

Hello Everyone!

FGS Tampa President Drew Smith and Director George G. Morgan also are board members of the Florida State Genealogical Society, Inc. Drew is the Parliamentarian, and George is the Director of Publicity.

This year's 37th Annual Florida State Genealogical Society Conference will be held at the Sheraton North Hotel in Maitland, Florida. Details and registration information are available athttp://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flsgs/pub_conf_reg_2008.pdf. (Early bird discounts are available through Thursday, 23 October 2008.)

FGS (Tampa) will be publicly recognized at the FSGS Conference for its 50 years of genealogical society excellence. We would love to have every FGS (Tampa) member present at the conference. However, please know that we will be represented there.

Hope to see you in Maitland to share our society's thunder!

FGS Tampa Meeting - Moved to Saturday, 8 November 2008

The Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) meeting for November has been moved up to Saturday, 8 November 2008. The reason for the change in date is that the Florida State Genealogical Society's 37th Annual Conference will be held the following weekend, 14-15 November 2008, and a number of our members will be participating at that event.

Our FGS (Tampa) meeting on 8 November will be held, as usual, in the Auditorium of the John F. Germany Public Library at 900 S. Ashley Boulevard in downtown Tampa. The Poe Parking Garage is adjacent to the library and charges a parking fee.

The November program is the popular annual society "show and tell" presentation. If you have an interesting family item that showcases your family, provides evidence of some event or occupation, proves a specific fact, OR is of other interest that you would like to share with our society members, please bring it along. Remember that your "show and tell" item(s) may inspire other members who have never considered searching for similar items and evidence to follow your lead!

No advance pre-registration is necessary. We welcome every item that you want to bring!

We'll see you there in November!

12 October 2008

News from Other Societies - Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay meets at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida on Sunday November 9, 2008. A social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 PM, and the featured program starts at 2:00 PM.

Have you ever wanted to produce a holiday newsletter to send to family and friends? Holidays bring cards stuffed with family newsletters...some are good and some are not so good. If you would like to learn how to produce an outstanding family newsletter, this presentation will help you. Pattie Schultz starts this presentation by explaining how you gather the information for your newsletter. She offers advice on planning and budgeting as well as the production of a family newsletter. Get suggestions on how to organize your material and decide if your newsletter will be distributed by email or snail mail.

Pam Tremé shows how to locate and use pre-formatted templates that make pulling all of the elements together into a newsletter a snap! Pamela Tremé is a Tampa-area hobby genealogist who also happens to work in the software industry. She uses her knowledge of software to present her own family research in various formats and forms.

Anyone interested in learning how to do Jewish genealogical research is invited to attend. Beginners as well as experienced researchers are welcome. For information on the organization or directions to the meeting call Linda Zolinsky at 727-372-0646.

News from Other Societies - Brandon Area Genealogical and Historical Society

The Brandon Area Genealogical and Historical Society on 14 October, 2008, at 6:30 PM at the Bloomingdale Regional Library. Drew Smith will present a program titled "Understanding Copyright and Plagiarism." Refreshments will be served.